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Why do we need data on child functioning and disability?

Information on children with disability is necessary in order to: understand the situation of children with disabilities in terms of child development, and with respect to prevalence, social…

Where can the WG Short Set questions be applied?

The WG-SS questions were originally developed for censuses and large population-based surveys. The WG-SS was designed as a core set of questions for self- or proxy-reporting of functional…

Can the Short Set be used as a diagnostic tool?

The WG Short Set does not identify particular health conditions or diagnoses (the medical model of disability) but rather captures the possible impact of these conditions on functional abilities…

What if I need more detailed information on disability and functioning?

Where more detailed information is required, the WG Extended Set of questions (WG-ES) can be used. The WG-ES includes information on upper body functioning; psychosocial difficulties (anxiety and…

Will the WG Short Set capture all people experiencing difficulty in functioning?

The WG-SS will identify most, but not all, people with disabilities WG-SS questions were not designed to measure all aspects of difficulty functioning that people may experience, but…

How are people with disability identified by the WG-SS questions?

The WG-SS question response categories capture a range of severity in the difficulty experienced. Multiple disability scenarios can be described depending on the domain(s) of interest and the choice…

How do I translate the questions into my local language?

An accurate translation that conveys the context or conceptual meaning (rather than a literal translation) of the WG questions is crucial. Guidelines for translating the questions can be…

What is the purpose of the introductory statement? Can it be changed?

The introductory statement (The next questions ask about difficulties you may have doing certain activities because of a HEALTH PROBLEM) was included for the purpose of transitioning from topic to…

Can I change or adapt the questions to meet my needs?

In order to collect internationally comparable data, it is important that the WG question be used without any changes to the wording of questions, order of questions, response…

Can I use a screening question before the WG questions?

Evidence shows that single screener questions do not adequately identify the population of interest.  Most screeners are of the form “Do you have a disability?” with yes/no answer…

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